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- PublicationAcademic review of practice instruments : national care planning project(HSE and the National Care Planning Project, 2006-10)The terms of reference for the academic review included consideration both of the practice instruments developed for the NCCP against national and international best practice and research, and addressed questions on their impact on outcomes of child placement. This review takes a wide view in appraising the practice instruments, focusing on contextual as well as clinical applications, as referenced in the NCPP goals. However, it does not attempt to cover general ground already well reported in other evaluation processes. It does draw on specific commentary on the practice instruments in use during the interim and final evaluations.
- PublicationAdult Safeguarding and People Living with Dementia in Nursing Homes(Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) and University College Dublin, 2023-01-10)
; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;While there has been an increased focus on ageing in place in the Irish context, for some people, including people living with dementia (PLWD), nursing home care may be required to adequately meet their care needs as their dementia progresses and care needs increase. Nursing homes are the homes of many PLWD who, despite their frailty and health problems (including dementia), should be supported to enjoy a good quality of life, maintain, and develop relationships, and contribute to society (ADI, 2013). 93
- PublicationAre you experiencing Carer Harm? Understanding Carer HarmIf you are a family carer, ask yourself: Does the person I care for behave in a way that causes me physical injury, emotional pain, or other kind of harm? In my engagement with professionals and organisations, is my coping capacity and need for support recognized and responded to? Carer Harm is where a family carer experiences intentional or unintentional harm from the child/adult they are trying to support. This leaflet may be useful to any family carer experiencing carer harm.
- PublicationAre you experiencing Carer Harm? Understanding Carer Harm: AutismIf you are a family carer, ask yourself: Does the person I care for behave in a way that causes me physical injury, emotional pain, or other kind of harm? In my engagement with professionals and organisations, is my coping capacity and need for support recognized and responded to? Carer Harm is where a family carer experiences intentional or unintentional harm from the child/adult they are trying to support. This leaflet may be useful to carers of autistic adults or children
- PublicationAre you experiencing Carer Harm? Understanding Carer Harm: DementiaIf you are a family carer, ask yourself: Does the person I care for behave in a way that causes me physical injury, emotional pain, or other kind of harm? In my engagement with professionals and organisations, is my coping capacity and need for support recognized and responded to? Carer Harm is where a family carer experiences intentional or unintentional harm from the child/adult they are trying to support. This leaflet may be useful to carers of people living with dementia.
- PublicationAssets, saving and wealth, and poverty: A Review of evidence. Final report to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation(Personal Finance Research Centre, 2014-07)
;This review examines the evidence on the extent to which savings, assets and wealth can provide a safety net against unexpected expenses or drops in income. It also looks at whether holding assets changes people's thinking and whether they become more responsible and forward-looking. 732
- PublicationAusterity, gender and inequality - post recession Ireland?(Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, 2020-03-08)Because of the persistent nature of economic disadvantage – and its gendered nature - inequality deepened over the crisis years in Ireland. This process has only partially been reversed. A central reason for the continuing high levels of gendered inequality is the absence of, or chronically low level of investment in public services, combined with a lack of political and corporate responsibility for urgently needed social infrastructure on care. This is linked to deeply embedded structural inequalities on the basis of social class, ethnicity, disability as well as gender. Ireland is a highly unequal society and specific minorities, have consistently been discriminated against and disadvantaged before, during and after the recent economic crisis. Within each of these groups or sectors, women face multiple forms of disadvantage and discrimination.
- PublicationBetween Two Places : Emigrant Integration and Identity: A Case Study of Irish-born People Living in England(Irish National Committee of the European Cultural Foundation, 2000-06)Despite net in-migration to Ireland in the last years of the twentieth century, large numbers of Irish people continued to leave the country on an annual basis (29,000 is the estimate for 1999). Their primary destination was England where, according to the last British Census (1991), the Irish are the largest ethnic minority in England. This report reveals the findings of a case study of Irish emigrants living in England, drawing on data from a variety of sources including the British census, surveys, focus groups and interviews with employees of Irish agencies in England. The research was conducted by Dr. Nessa Winston of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University College Dublin for the Irish National Committee of the European Cultural Foundation.
- PublicationCarer Harm: Best Practice Considerations for ProfessionalsThe information and guidance in this document is based on a small research project that involved interviews with 9 family carers who have experienced carer harm as well as interviews and focus groups with a range of professionals. This document was co-designed using a World Café methodology and by drawing on the emerging research findings. The information does not relate to the experiences of all family carers. For further information on this project, please contact Dr Sarah Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Social Work, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD: email@example.com
- PublicationCase Study on Intreo: The one-stop-shop for job seekers in Ireland. Case Studies on Innovation and Reform in the Irish Public Sector(Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2017-07)
;This case study analyses the implementation of Intreo, the one-stop shop for jobseekers in Ireland, between 2010 and 2016. The implementation followed an iterative and incremental process, where the Department of Social Protection displayed a high adaptive capacity. Prior to the establishment of Intreo, benefit payments and activation services were highly fragmented at the organisational and policy levels. During the fiscal and economic crisis several reform strands came together that led to an organisational merger, an integrated one-stop shop service model for jobseekers and innovative alignment of labour market activation measures. The key challenges highlighted in the study are change management with limited resources, complex industrial relations negotiations to redeploy staff and designing a new service, while catering for an existing and increasing client base. Throughout the implementation process senior management and the core change team found innovative and flexible solutions to overcome the challenges. First, a small and experienced management team served as a flexible coordination hub. It shaped the broad vision and could react flexibly to changing agendas, but also relied heavily on support from other central units and frontline staff. This delegation of core tasks gave ownership of the change process to frontline staff and increased their support for the new service model. Second, the redeployment of staff benefited from coherent communication to frontline staff, respectful and strong labour relations, flexible union positions in the context of the crisis and the arbitration process set out in framework Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements. Third, the design process benefited from a broad vision right from the beginning that had been fleshed out in detail over time in an iterative process with strong involvement of frontline staff. In addition, the national roll-out included frontline staff. This enabled the basic template for service delivery to be amended locally to suit staffing levels, client base and physical infrastructure. Additional information on the public sector reform process can be found here:http://www.per.gov.ie/en/public-service-reform/ 327
- PublicationCountry report: Non-discrimination: Ireland 2017(European Commission, 2017-10-16)
;Irish society is quite homogeneous. According to the 2011 census, of a population of 4 588 252, 84% are Roman Catholic, 6% non-religious, 2.8% Church of Ireland (Protestant), 1% Muslim, and the remainder are of various other religions. 85% describe themselves as ‘White Irish’ and 0.6% as Irish Travellers. 58 697 people identify as ‘Black’ or ‘Black Irish’. Between 2006 and 2011 ‘Other White’ (non-Irish) rose by almost 43%, largely due to immigration from Eastern European countries. 595 355 people, approximately 13% of the population, recorded having a disability. No census questions were asked as to sexual orientation but 4 042 cohabiting same-sex couples were recorded. Non-Irish nationals consisted of 544 357 (12% of the population), 386 764 of whom are nationals of another EU Member State. 1254
- PublicationCourse notes for train the trainers : intercountry adoption education and preparation course(2003-04)The course notes for the train the trainers intercounty adoption education and preparation course covers the following topics: objectives of course, values of course, terms used pre course trainer preparation, pre-course planning, letter of introduction to course participants to include, administration and pre course planning issues, principles of adult learning, introduction to methods and skills, individual methods, individual skills.
- PublicationDifferent models of service delivery for family welfare conferencing(2001)This work presents an overview of the factors that need to be taken into account in the decision making in respect of providing a coordination service in respect of family group conferencing
- PublicationEconomic Crisis and Gender equality: Ireland and the EU(Foundation for European Progressive Studies, 2014-12)This paper explores gender dimensions to the austerity policies which have been pursued across the EU over the recent economic crisis years, with particular attention to Ireland. From a gender equality standpoint, it is interesting to examine the extent to which there are common gender dimensions to the policy processes that have been pursued across the EU. This paper looks at the Irish situation but also takes a comparative perspective drawing on analyses of core policies at EU level, exploring the gender patterns evident in the way in which economic and social policies have been developed and implemented.
- PublicationEquality : frameworks for change(2001-01-30)
; ;Report prepared for the National Economic and Social Forum for the plenary meeting on January 30th 2001 850
- PublicationEvaluation report on phase one of the family group conference pilot project for the East Coast Area Health Board(Ireland. Eastern Health and Social Services Board, 2000-08)This report has been commissioned to appraise and draw together the main findings of Phase One of a Pilot Project on Family Group Conferences (FGCs) in Ireland. The pilot project was conducted in three community care areas of the Eastern Health Board (EHB), now the East Region Health Authority (ERHA), over the period May 1999 to June 2000 The project was concerned with introducing and operating Family Group Conferences (FGCs), as originally developed and used in New Zealand and now in more widespread use, in an Irish legal, organisational and professional context. The report describes the FGC process and the pilot project in depth. It contains details of the Conferences held as part of the Pilot Project as well as the views of the multiple participants involved. The report analyses and presents findings and recommendations in respect of the evaluation questions set by the Project Management Committee. The report also presents a revised and updated version of Good Practice Guidelines which were developed and used in the training phase of the pilot, and which take account of the views of participants and the main findings and recommendations.
- PublicationFalling Through the Cracks: The case for change. Key developments and next steps for Adult Safeguarding in Ireland(University College Dublin, 2019-12-11)
;Adults are at risk of and experiencing harm and abuse all over Ireland, and for a variety of reasons including psychological, physical and financial abuse. According to a report commissioned by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), entitled ‘Financial Abuse in Ireland, 2019’, 20% of adults have experienced financial abuse and physical abuse of vulnerable adults has been witnessed/suspected by 1 in 3 adults. Last year there were 11,780 safeguarding concerns received by HSE Safeguarding and Protection Teams across Ireland according to the National Safeguarding Office Annual Report. This study sets out to explore how the absence of Adult Safeguarding legislation in the Irish context may be impacting on adults within the current safeguarding system from the perspective of social work practitioners, professionals or advocates who are working with them. The study seeks to shed light on how practitioners are navigating cases in the absence of primary legislation and to explore what benefits or challenges there might be should Adult Safeguarding legislation be fully enacted in the Irish context. 1031
- PublicationFamily figures: family dynamics and family types in Ireland, 1986-2006(Economic and Social Research Institute and the Family Support Agency, 2010-02-22)
; ;This study examines family patterns and trends in Ireland over the twenty years from 1986 to 2006. Its primary objective is to use the available data and various quantitative techniques to elucidate trends in family structures and to explore what might lie behind them. 881
- PublicationFamily Group Conferencing in Child Protection Pilot Report: Evaluation Report(Mid-Western Health Board, 2002-05)Family Group Conferencing originated first in New Zealand, as part of the Children and Young Person Act, 1989. The model legislated for in New Zealand has been adopted in a number of countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, France and here in Ireland. The principles and the processes involved were clearly demarcated in the New Zealand legislation. Few countries have included in their own legislation the detail surrounding conferencing laid down in the New Zealand legislation. The underlying philosophy of partnership, interest in developing "strengths focused" models of work, an increased use of relative placements for children who cannot be looked after by their own birth parents are important context markers in the development of current practice. The benefits of Family Group Conferences have been evaluated internationally and the results have been both positive and encouraging. Family Group Conferencing has a potentially critical contribution to make to the development and delivery of childcare, child protection and child welfare systems. It represents a major new approach for dealing with family crises, as it recognises the crucial significance of the family in relation to securing positive outcomes for children. Family strengths, knowledge and resources are utilised to make decisions, both to protect the child and maximise opportunities for ongoing family commitment and involvement in the life of the child. The benefits of Family Group Conferences have been evaluated in small-scale Irish studies in the ERHA (2000); NWHB (2002) and many of the benefits seen internationally were also found here.
- PublicationFamily group conferencing practice guidance(Ireland. Mid-Western Health Board, 2002)
;The guidelines and practice protocols required for the implementation of FGCs are contained in the following sections. It builds on guidance provided in the ERHA evaluation report (O’Brien 2000). The participants in this pilot project who have contributed in the research and training to the development of these practice protocols fits with the spirit of the FGC model, and is acknowledged. The work of the pioneering spirits internationally who have shared their experiences, learning and reflections, especially colleagues in the USA working in the area of family decision-making, Hampshire (UK) and New Zealand, is also acknowledged. Much of this work has been developed from a study of family/ professional networks, as part of a relative care project (O’Brien 1999; 2000; 2001). 284